Archways hospital unit in York faces closure

The York Hospital. Image credit: Wikimedia [User: Davies10]
The York Hospital. Image credit: Wikimedia [User: Davies10]
The York Hospital. Image credit: Wikimedia [User: Davies10]
The Archways Intermediate Care Unit in York is to close at the end of the year.

The Archways Intermediate Care Unit is currently operated by the York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Archways is located in Clarendon Court, near Haxby Road. Approximately three hundred and fifty patients receive medical attention at Archways annually.

The Archways Unit will be closed to coincide with the York Hospital Trust’s ‘community first’ perspective, enabling patients to better rehabilitate and receive medical attention in the comfort of their own homes and communities. Recovering from home “promotes independence and wellbeing, avoids institutionalisation and enables patients to rehabilitate much faster, whilst reducing the risk of further potential harm,” the Trust states.

An ‘August Q&A‘ section on the York Hospitals website indicates that the closure of Archways is not motivated by financial reasons, but will nonetheless contribute to the planned £22 billion reduction of the National Health Service’s expenditure.

Patients who would usually go to Archways will now receive treatment at home from the York Community Response team “and other appropriate system support resource[s].” No staff redundancies are expected as a result of this decision.

York Labour’s Stuart Barnes argues that these measures are going ahead without appropriate consultation with the public. York Labour will ask all political parties represented in the City of York Council to work together to bring the matter to the attention of the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt.

The most recent report of the Care Quality Commission states that the York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust requires overall improvement. The full report can be read here.

If you are a resident of York and you are dissatisfied with the decision to close the Archways unit, you may contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service at the York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, by telephone (01904 726262) or by email (pals@york.nhs.uk).